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MARTA riders want restrooms open

MARTA riders are holding protests at various MARTA stations and at the transit system’s headquarters in an attempt to urge officials to open the staff-only restrooms to the public. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

“If…Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. went to the King [MARTA] station today, [he] could not use the restroom in the same station named after him,” said Nathan Knight, president of the DeKalb chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Knight was at the Decatur MARTA station July 18 protesting MARTA’s policy that has kept […]

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Ellis waives arraignment, district attorney ready to proceed with trial


                  Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis waived his first court appearance July 25. Ellis was scheduled to be arraigned July 29 but Erik Burton, a spokesman for District Attorney Robert James, said he chose to waive arraignment. According to the indictment, Ellis is being charged with […]

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DeKalb elementary students show improvements on CRCT


Students in DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) third, fourth and fifth grades made improvements in 11 out of 15 content tests on the 2012 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). Decreases were seen in third-grade language arts, math and science, and fifth-grade science. Of those areas, the biggest decrease was in third grade science, which dropped from […]

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Good Samaritan speaks about Kroger shooting that injured son

Jermaine and Nina Harrison with their son Evan talk with DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander about the experience of their 2-year-old son being shot. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

Decatur resident Jermaine Harrison said if he had to do it all over again, he would do the same thing and confront the man who eventually shot his 2-year-old child. “Of course I would hope that my family wouldn’t have received any injuries but I wouldn’t change anything,” Harrison said. Harrison’s son Evan was shot […]

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DeKalb sheriff pondering a run for Congress

DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown said he wants to go to Congress, but needs to see the votes. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb Sheriff Thomas Brown is considering a run for Congress. “There are a number of things that I think I can do,” Brown said during a July 17 news conference scheduled by the Thomas Brown for Congress exploratory committee. “I believe I can bring dynamic leadership and a strong voice in the 4th District, something […]

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Judge sustains suspensions of two former DeKalb school board members


Gov. Nathan Deal announced July 24 that chief administrative law Judge Maxwell Woods has sustained the suspensions of two DeKalb County school board members who petitioned for their reinstatement earlier this year. The judge ruled that both Sarah Copelin-Woods and Pamela Speaks failed to show that their presence on the DeKalb school board would improve […]

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Man, woman arrested for Decatur murder

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Fugitive squads from the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office and Atlanta Police Department arrested Dontavious Fulks, 24, and Virkerrie Steward, 20, for the murder of Carl Moreland July 23, according to a police statement. The two were picked up at 455 Fulton St., Atlanta, for allegedly shooting Moreland during an altercation at the Exxon station at 4101 […]

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JCC’s Judaism courses offer something for everyone


Judaism is the root of the world’s two largest religions. Yet few of these adherents know much about this ancient faith. Many Christians do not know the Jewish view of Jesus, and few Muslims know the role Judaism played in the origins of Islam. There are also nonreligious Jews who know little about the theology […]

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